October 26 - 28
04:00PM - 06:30PM
Bethlehem Center

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The Interfaith Amigos – A Unique Blend of Spiritual Wisdom & Humour – Live at Bethlehem!

Join us at Bethlehem Centre at 2371 Arbot Rd. for a transformational weekend retreat experience with the Interfaith Amigos from Friday Oct 26 to Sunday Oct 28, 2018. This is the Amigos’ only appearance in BC this year! The weekend includes reflective spiritual inter-dialogue, two interfaith workshops and interfaith worship with the globally recognized Interfaith Amigos.”  This exciting weekend includes an open to the public presentation event on Friday as the Amigos share their wisdom, personal stories, and reflections on what helps and what hinders interfaith dialogue. On Saturday they will lead two workshops and time for reflection and introspection. On Sunday morning we will enjoy a worship celebration with insights from all three of the Interfaith Amigos.

These three spiritual leaders first worked together responding to the 9/11 tragedy in 2001, and since then have evolved their understandings and their work through international presentations and the publication of three books. The Interfaith Amigos continue to share what they have learned and focus upon shared values and common universals and the crucial need for the kind of interfaith cooperation necessary for the survival of the human race and of our planet.

The Interfaith Amigos bring extensive individual experience as well; Imam Jamal Rahman is co-founder and Muslim Sufi Minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary in Seattle and adjunct faculty at Seattle University. Pastor Don Mackenzie is retired as Minister and Head of Staff at Seattle’s University Congregational United Church of Christ, and served congregations in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Princeton, and New Jersey. Rabbi Ted Falcon, who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, has founded spiritually-oriented synagogues in Los Angeles and Seattle, and functions as a spiritual guide, author, teacher, and spiritual therapist. He continues to teach from the heart of the Kabbalah, Jewish meditation and spirituality.

Schedule of Events:

Friday Evening Presentation – Interfaith Dialogue for Challenging Times – Public Event $30

Saturday Morning – “Creating an Effective Foundation for Interfaith Dialogue – Part 1”

Saturday Afternoon – Personal reflection, meditation, fellowship.

Saturday at 4:30 PM – Participants are welcome to join the Catholic service hosted by the Benedictines of Nanaimo and officiated by Bishop Emeritus Remi de Roo, the last surviving Bishop who attended Vatican II.

Saturday Evening – “Creating an Effective Foundation for Interfaith Dialogue – Part 2.”

Sunday Morning Faith Celebration! (By donation at the door).

Residential Package includes: Program Fee. Friday evening presentation, accommodation (private room/shared bath) and 6 meals (Fri dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner; Sunday breakfast and lunch. On the first day, check in is after 3:00 PM; dinner is at 5:30 PM) Tuition: $650.

Commuter Package includes: Program Fee, Friday evening presentation and 2 meals (Saturday lunch and dinner). Program starts on Friday evening after dinner – time TBA. Tuition: $375.

Developing their work over 17 years together, the Interfaith Amigos address the unique challenges and “awkwardness” of aspects of each of their traditions. With humour spicing the seriousness of their dialogue, they encourage more effective interfaith collaboration in dealing with the important social and economic concerns of modern-day global living.

The Interfaith Amigos will inspire you with their memorable wisdom, insight and humour. This unique opportunity is a not-to-miss event. See you there!

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